The depths of January might not be the best time of year for gardening, but it is the perfect time to gather inspiration and plan for the year ahead from the comfort of your favourite armchair.
With many of his working days held hostage to the winter weather, English gardener John Tebbs recently launched The Garden Edit, a carefully curated collection of beautiful, timeless and functional objects for, and inspired by, the garden. Each item reflects John's own personal aesthetic - "minimal, well designed products from craftspeople, artists, publishing houses and family run businesses."
Alongside a carefully chosen selection of books, art prints, handcrafted stoneware planters and porcelain vases, you'll also find a range of practical but well-considered tools for the garden and gardening.
After the excitement of the festive period January can feel like a bit of a flat month. A guaranteed pick me up is planning a weekend away and I love the idea of hunkering down and staying in a cosy cottage with a roaring fire and a glass of red for company. When it comes to self-catering cottages the UK has a plethora to choose but here are three that have caught my eye that combine modern design elements without compromising on comfort making them perfect winter escapes.
When my ancient and much loved Hunters finally gave up the ghost recently I decided it was time for a change. They had done me proud and been trusty companions on countless adventures but, in reality, there aren't too many days when knee height boots are absolutely necessary and so I figured these biker style rain boots would be more practical.
Designed by Julia Lundsten, a Finnish shoe designer and Royal College of Art graduate, they are made by Nokian, a company that has been manufacturing rubber boots in Finland for more than 100 years.
This week's links for a lazy Sunday...
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- Photographer Bob Mazzer took these images of passengers on the London Underground during his daily commute to work in the 70s and 80s.
- Paul Winstanley's beautiful photorealistic paintings capture the austere beauty of empty art school studios.
- Arresting black and white images documenting the London punk scene in 1976 and 1977.
- Dance choreographers Keone and Mariel Madrid perform a routine as an elderly couple to Bob Marley's "Is This Love". (via The Women's Room)
Image: The Line
The applied relief pattern on this faceted tableware by Dutch designer Janet Emmelkamp gives each piece a changing look when viewed from different angles.
Handcrafted by the designer, the pieces are intended to be multifunctional - the bowl is supplied with a small board that can be used as a lid, a coaster or a breakfast board.
The collection was recently successfully funded through crowd funding platform Crowdy House and is now in production.
Always one of the highlights of the annual event at the NEC, Designers Block are returning to Interiors UK again this year, and this time they'll be taking over not one but two separate areas of the show.
I exhibited at the show with Designers Block myself a couple of years ago and really enjoy the relaxed, friendly vibe of the spaces they design and curate, always discovering something new and interesting.
Here's a preview of some of the designs appearing at this year's show.
Owning a sheepskin rug or even faux fur is just a complete no-no in our house. They bring out Albert whippet's killer instinct and he seems to be alarmingly compelled to shake them to "death", leaving little fluffy trails all over the house.
So I'll just have to admire these beautiful Icelandic lamb skin rugs and cushions from The Organic Sheep from a distance, while dreaming of distant shores and an escape to the wilderness.